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Letter ReferenceKarl Pearson 840/4/1/105
ArchiveUniversity College London Library, Special Collections, UCL, London
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: July 1885 ; Before End: December 1885
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Who ToKarl Pearson
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The Project is grateful to University College London (UCL) and its Library Services for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Special Collections. This letter has been dated by reference to content, as the paper by Pearson referred to was given in July 1885.
1 Note
3 In the foregoing paper, the main points ^with regard^ to woman’s
4position & nature which it might be desirable to deal with, have been
5enumerated with satisfactory completeness.
7 But there has been an oversight, remarkable & very suggestive. One
8half of our problem has been left out. Man, his opinions, his
9intellectual & physical constitution, the wants of his nature, his use
10in the world, his dependence on the social circumstances by which he
11is surrounded; these, & other ^& the minor^ problems opening out of them
12are not even indicated. On these subject many of us feel that our
13ignorance reaches its profoundest depth; & that if our society fails
14to ^unreadable^ throw light on them, it must be pronounced a failure
15over half its field.
17 Dear Mr Pearson
19 ^I don’t know if you with care to put the above as a note at the end of
20your paper; do it or not, & put my name or not, as you like; only
21please have your paper printed quickly. The club ought to pay for it.
22We must see about this at the next meeting.
Karl Pearson's 'The Woman's Question' was read at the first meeting of the Men and Women's Club in July 1885. It later appeared in: Karl Pearson (1888) The Ethic of Free Thought: A Selection of Essays and Lectures London: T. Fisher Unwin. Schreiner's note was not drawn on.